German chancellor Angela Merkel on the second day of a European Union leaders’ meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool/EPA

The European Union will not fund border walls to control migration, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen vowed after a group of member s(...)

The best example of Theodorakis’s combination of music and politics is that of a policeman during the military dictatorship humming a Theodorakis melody within earshot of a passerby, whom he then arrested for listening to the outlawed music of the exiled composer. Photograph: Getty

The death last month of composer and politician Mikis Theodorakis at the age of 96 has highlighted the way we live by the power of a myth. When told o(...)

Hoping to flee the country, people gather near the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

Greece said it has completed a 40km wall on its border with Turkey and installed a surveillance system to prevent possible asylum seekers from trying (...)

Afghans gather on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban’s military takeover. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty

A 40km fence on Greece’s border with Turkey has been constructed, and a new surveillance system installed, to stop possible asylum seekers from trying(...)

Smoke rises from a wildfire in the forested hills of the Kabylie region, east of the capital Algiers. Photograph: Ryad Kramdi/AFP via Getty

The death toll in fires ravaging mountain forests and villages in Algeria’s Berber region climbed on Wednesday to 65 people, including 28 soldiers, as(...)

A local resident uses a branch to beat back flames during attempts to control a wildfire outside the village of Kamatriades on Evia island, Greece. Photograph:  Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg

Residents mounted a round-the-clock watch on Tuesday to try to save their homes from wildfires ravaging the Greek island of Evia as the government def(...)

Wildfires continue to rage on the Greek island of Evia. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of people have fled wildfires that are destroying vast swathes of pine forest and razing homes on Greece’s second-largest island, Evia, as d(...)

Flames engulf the forest near ancient Olympia in western Greece. Photograph: Eurokinissi/AFP via Getty Images

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said authorities were doing “whatever is humanly possible” to tackle wildfires burning across Greece for the (...)

Protesters in Thessaloniki hold banners reading “Mayor, you are destroying your own city”. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP via Getty

I recently posted three parcels at the local post office, one each to Ireland, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. “All at the Europe rate,” I said. T(...)

Italian travel operators have reported a boom in foreign holidaymakers booking holiday apartments this summer. Limone sul Garda, Lombardy, Italy. Photograph: iStock

Italy will allow tourists to enter quarantine-free as soon as this month, the prime minister, Mario Draghi, has announced, saying the country is “read(...)

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